Spring Break is for profs

Mar 21 2011 Published by under [Education&Careers]

When the term "Spring Break" comes up, most people think of college students. Images of Cancun, Palm Beach, sun, drunken debauchery, activities that will send the campus use of antibiotics soaring for the next few weeks, etc. But while the concentration is on warm and sunny locales, all over the country there are professors sighing in relief.

I'm fucking behind. Behind in what, you might ask. Every-fucking-thing. In the last month I've shifted from doing everything last minute, to doing everything a minute late, then doing everything a week late. I'm convinced that the reason for Spring Break has nothing to do the Great Tropical Protist Swap, and everything to do with allowing professors to pop up from stacks of paper like gophers in the prairie.

Get your own official Prof Spring Break Whistle here

I need the break this week in a big way. There's a dozen things that I need to finish up and it wouldn't hurt to be a lecture ahead of my class once in a while. But above all, I need some down time. This weekend was the maybe the second no-work weekend I've had stretching back to well before Christmas and the last one took me a few days to catch up from. This week, on the other hand, is remarkably quiet. I even have multi-hour blocks to do stuff for myself. It feels odd.

The final stretch to the summer is almost upon us. There's light at the end of that tunnel and Spring Break is the final rest for the last leg. Use it wisely or burn out before the finish.

5 responses so far

  • Principle Investigator says:

    ITA. I don't know what my students have been doing with their time, but I spent the week catching up on my grading, doing data collection/analysis for the paper that should have been out by the end of last summer, and taking care of personal bizniz like income taxes, vet appointments, and travel arrangements. Oh, and sleep of course.

  • Heavy says:

    180 million cases of T. vaginalis infection are acquired annually worldwide! Now that is a stat, learn something new every day.

  • Dr. O says:

    Enjoy your break!

  • mhilm says:

    I *love* the image of the gophers! They pop up, wide eyed in wonder and blinking in the brilliant, unfamiliar sunlight; gleefully surveying that enticing meadow - and freedom.

  • Nicole says:

    I miss mine already. I did catch up though! Yay Spring
    Break. Boo school starting again!

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